Joe Cole reacts to Garde’s Aston Villa appointment; admits no future talks have been held

Carlo Ancelotti with Remi Garde

Joe Cole is currently on loan at Coventry City from Aston Villa.

Cole departed Villa to join Coventry on a short-term loan deal, and he has taken to the Coventry Telegraph to discuss his future with the club, following the appointment of Remi Garde as Villa head coach.

Cole said: “I can see why the club have appointed him [Garde] and hopefully he’ll be good for Villa. I’ve not had a chat with him yet. I’m still a Villa player so it’s difficult to talk about them but let’s hope the club can start picking up some results.”

Cole, who turns 34 in the coming days, has so far appeared twice for Coventry since joining the League One side, scoring one goal against Barnsley.

Prior to joining the Sky Blues, Cole had made just one appearance for Villa this season, playing 60 minutes in the League Cup win over Notts County.

It was clear that Tim Sherwood did not see the ageing midfield as part of his first-team, but now that Garde has been appointed as head coach, the playmaker’s role at Villa Park could change.

He is well known to the coach, having played for Lille whilst Garde was in charge of Ligue 1 rivals Lyon, but Cole has admitted that he has not yet spoken to Garde since his arrival at Villa Park.

His loan ends towards the end of this month, and there is so far no knowing whether Cole’s future lies with Villa or elsewhere.

Cole certainly has the talent to still be a force in the Premier League, but he may not be able to cope with the physicality of the division anymore, and Garde may consider the veteran playmaker as dispensable for his Villa team.

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